Rossetti + Wyss Architekten: Gottshalden - best architects 13

Rossetti + Wyss Architekten


best architects 13

single family homes




Rossetti + Wyss Architekten


This house in Gottshalden is located on a plateau over Lake Zurich. It is set in green surroundings with a high quality of life, dominated by agricultural use. The volume exhibits a unified design, with a reduced, sharp-angled timber facade. The furniture-like wooden skin defines both walls and rooftops, covering the exterior in a single material, unbroken. The various geometries nonetheless lend the structure plasticity, while the windows set flush with the exterior are emphasised with lighter-coloured reveals. The L-shaped floor plan is organised vertically as a split level through the use of inserted storeys. Inside, solid exposed oak planks in composite construction form the floors and ceilings. This visible display of the building’s structure in its ceiling and floor surfaces conveys the warmth of the material into the interior. The alignment of the rooms switches from one storey to the next. Light and shadow, closeness and spaciousness, a cascading staircase: the interiors breathe life in their diversity, inserted with careful precision in the enveloping shell. The windows frame pictures of the surroundings. Ventilation is provided by means of a series of glazed doors so as not to obstruct the view. At dusk, the house begins to glow with a warm interior life. The building is reduced to an almost graphical figure, with even the minimal distances to the eaves and corners verging on disappearance.